Fantastic mahogany tea chest with wonderfully rich colour and patination, having a pressed floral engraved ring pull handle. The tea chest has gonzalo alves cavetto moulded top, crossbanded edges which are sandwiched with boxwood and ebony with a tulipwood and chequered ebony & boxwood stringing.
Each panel has an exquisite oval bat’s wing paterae to the centre with a tulipwood crossbanded surround; interestingly, and by looking very carefully, each one of these has an engraved tea plant filled with red lac at the bottom, barely noticable due to the wonderful colour and untouched patination - this is replicated on the interior lid. The interior has three removable tea caddies each with a lift-off lid veneered in olivewood with a gonzalo alves oval medallion constructed in mahogany. English, circa 1770.